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How should I care for my strawberries in Spring?

Strawberry    NJ

My strawberry plants (like the rest of the garden) are in need of sprucing up this Spring. What should I be doing to get them back to their best? Should I prune the dead leaves? Also is it best to remove runners as they are produced to concentrate the plant's energy back to fruit production or should I let them spread?


Posted by: Beth Johnson (2 points) Beth Johnson
Posted: April 5, 2013




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Yes prune the dead leaves and stems. Use a low nitrogen fertilizer at half the amount recommended(unless it's one especially for strawberries) until you see the berry blooms then you can start the recommended amounts of food. Use straw, last years leaves (not oak leaves, they take too much nitrogen from the soil to break down) maple leaves work well, or use compost that is well composted and spread around the plants. As for the runners, the plant that bears fruit is called the mother plant and the runners are called daughter plants. If you want more berries next year you will have to allow the daughter plants to take root and grow. When the daughter plants have " taken root" then you can cut the runner that comes from the mother plant. This will be the plant that bears berries next year and it will be called the mother plant.


Posted by: deactivated (1 point) deactivated
Posted: April 5, 2013




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